The Chocolate Block

| September 19, 2012

2010 Boekenhoutskloof – This wine from the coastal region of South Africa, has an expressive nose with intense dark cherry and spiced raspberry lending to a beautiful first hit. The palate is firmly structured with supple tannins and spicy oak aromas. There is a true purity of fruit that only comes from a heightened sense of freshness. Classically styled with elegant tannins and balanced acidity, “The 2010 Chocolate Block is a blend of Syrah (72%); Cabernet Sauvignon (13%); Grenache noir (7%); Cinsault (6%) and Viognier (2%).

This wine is the perfect example of identifying “undiscovered” parcels of vineyard with amazing potential and utilizing it to unleash its world class quality. The Syrah fruit comes from Malmesbury with its unique growing conditions and dryland farmed vineyards to ensure it deep-rooted vines and therefore optimal concentration of color, flavor and tannin structure. The Grenanche noir (the oldest Grenache vines in the country) is sourced from Citrusdal with its very sandy soils and perfect terroir for ripening this grape varietal. This batch was matured in 600L barrels to retain the unmistakable fruit and freshness on the cultivar. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier come from the organically farmed vineyards of Boekenhouskloof and the Cinsault is from old bush vines on decomposed granite soils in Wellington. The wine matures in 2nd and 3rd filled French oak barrels for 18 months before it gets delivered to its eager recipients. At $28.99 – $34.00, this a must try!

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